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Federal IT projects need critical care

Michael Cooney | Feb. 12, 2015
Watchdogs at GAO put government IT project on High Risk List.

"These and other failed IT projects often suffered from a lack of disciplined and effective management, such as project planning, requirements definition, and program oversight and governance. In many instances, agencies have not consistently applied best practices that are critical to successfully acquiring IT investments," the GAO stated.

There are ongoing projects that need some attention as well. The much-publicized failures of the Healthcare.gov system and the DOD and VA electronic health records initiative to name a couple.

In addition to spending money on new IT development, agencies also plan to spend a significant amount of their fiscal year 2015 IT budgets on the operations and maintenance of legacy systems. Specifically, in fiscal year 2015, of the overall $79 billion budgeted for federal IT, 27 federal agencies plan to spend about $58 billion, or almost three- quarters of the total budgeted, on the operation and maintenance of these legacy investments.

 

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